Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Summer Reading : Cookbook-Style

The theme of the adult summer reading program at our local library this year is Reading is SOOOOO Delicious -- a theme I can always get on board with.

My average check-out per week is somewhere in the range of 10-15 books. Although I could try and claim many of them are for my daughter, truth is, the majority are definitely mine. And always heavy in the food category. Big surprise there. Hey, I'm just trying to follow the summer prompt! ;)

We've been attempting to do a little cleaner eating around here {which I hope to blog about at some point in the near future} so I've been snatching up cookbooks that will aid us in that department.

A great find has been Homemade with Love: Simple Scratch Cooking from In Jennie's Kitchen by Jennifer Perillo. As of yet, I haven't made any of the recipes, but I have several in queue for meals this week. {Including those mouth-watering lemon buttermilk donuts on the cover!} I've been itching to try my hand at homemade pizza dough, and she's got a recipe in here that seems rather foolproof. Also, the chicken pot pie with drop biscuits is sure to lift my husband's spirits at the end of a long day. {And we've been having too many of those lately.} Jennie's wholesome meals are easy for the most amateur of cooks and budget-friendly.

Another unexpected, great find has been Gwenyth Paltrow's It's All Good. I didn't expect to be learning some fantastic cooking tips from an actress, but good ideas come often in unexpected places. ;) The photography for her book is rather beautiful as well. There is a photo nestled in there of her cooking a whole fish over a campfire. It looks absolutely amazing. I told my husband that I wanted to cook that fish and I wanted to cook it just like that, in that exact setting. Anyone have a beach we could borrow for an evening?

We're not vegetarian but we're loving every recipe we've tried from Heidi Swanson's Super Natural Every Day. A Bay area blogger, she has the benefit of great farmers' markets, but even without that selection, she makes it easy-peasy with various substitutions in every recipe. We've done her tortellini dish about half a dozen times, but with a different variety of fresh veggies and nuts each time. So adaptable. Her baked oatmeal has been on the breakfast table a few times too, again with different fruits and nuts every time. I'm inches away from making a purchase for our permanent collection of this one. 

Is your summer reading list cookbook-heavy too? Please share some of your current favorites!!